Spider-Man (Tom Holland) may only have a small role in Captain America: Civil War, but it looks to be an important one. In the 2006 Marvel Civil War comic event, Peter Parker was one of the tipping points in that story arc. In the film version, it seems as though Black Panther and Spidey will share that role, though the wall-crawler’s part in the film is two-fold. His presence acts both as a tie-breaker and as an introduction for his upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming reboot.
And with just over a week before Civil War blows up the big screen (in the U.S., that is), things are heating up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. He’s now got his own TV spots (we’ve included a new one below). Holland has also revealed more of his motivation behind Spidey’s character.
Following the UK premiere of Civil War in London, Holland also spoke with HeyUGuys about his role in the film. The young actor discussed shooting scenes with Robert Downey Jr., having said that working with him was “daunting” at first. He then expounded upon RDJ’s “warm, easygoing” persona and said the Iron Man actor helped guide the new Peter Parker through his first paces with the disassembled Avengers. More interestingly, he explored his take on Spidey in the upcoming Civil War film and Homecoming:
“It was very difficult to not obviously copy what Andrew [Garfield] and Tobey [Maguire] had done, because what they did was brilliant. But I think our main difference is trying to make Peter feel like a kid. And in the film, you see a kid reacting to meeting the Avengers for the first time.”
One of the newest Civil War TV spots features Spider-Man’s introduction to both of the major team leaders in that film’s eponymous conflict. The dialogue between Spidey and Iron Man highlights the wonderful potential for banter between Peter Parker and Tony Stark, something which we’ll hopefully get a good deal more of in Civil War and Homecoming. The clip also includes Spidey’s introduction to Captain America, where he tells the stalwart superhero that he’s a “big fan.”
The new Civil War TV spot and Holland interview both give fans a better idea as to what kind of Spider-Man we’ll be seeing in the MCU. While Marvel boss Kevin Feige has already said Homecoming won’t be an origin story, he has also made several allusions to its John Hughes-high school comedy/drama vibe. Clearly Holland, as accomplished as he is, was recruited to bring a youthful quality to the film – something which Garfield and Maguire both were successful at for the most part. And Holland’s Spider-Man in the trailer does seem exactly like a starstruck fanboy meeting the larger-than-life superhero team.
Yet this starry-eyed naïf also has an immensely powerful abilities in the MCU. His boyish charm and awkward sense of humor – traits which made Spidey one of Marvel’s top draws – will also be expected to pull in fans old and new alike. And Homecoming looks like it will have plenty of trademark Spider-Man humor, pathos, and action, as well as a number of fun cameos from RDJ and others.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.